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[Note 099.1] The song gives the date as 7th December but Hancock's report says that the coach was in Sackville street - where the song writer says he saw it - on 7th January. The song may be confusing the date of the railway opening - 17th December 1834 - with the first running of the Erin, only three weeks later. See [Note 099.4] The newspaper report of the Erin says that "The directors, very prudently, never gave any previous notice of their route, or the hour" so the broadside poet and his printer probably added the 4th verse in a hasty response to the surprise appearance of the steam coach.

[Note 099.2] The first train, on its first day open to fare-paying passengers left Westland Row railway stationOn December 17th, 1834, . The carriages were built of iron and wood. They were pulled by a small steam-engine that puffed smoke from its tall narrow chimney. It began the 10km journey to Kingstown, as DĂșn Laoghaire was then known.
Trial runs during the previous weeks had attracted hundreds of curious onlookers. They stood beside the recently constructed stone bridges that carried the newly laid iron rails on raised ground over the little streets at the back of Westland Row station.
[ref: Irish Times 14th Decmeber 2014]

[Note 099.3] A steam mill in a window which did me surprise, A grinding of coffee to make the folks wise :- The steam powered coffee grinder seems to have been a reality. A poem (Bar540) by Joseph Hodgeson born in Rishton, Lancashire circa 1783 begins "He grinds his coffee now with steam, / To shew the world how he can scheme, / And how he buys with ready cash, / Because his credit's gone to smash."

[Note 099.4] "To Sackville street next as myself did approach, I saw whizzing past me a thundering steam coach, In its belly were passengers flying to Howth" Walter Hancock's road going steam coach 'Erin' was in Dublin in January 1835. Howth is on the opposite side of Dublin Bay to Dun Laoghaire. Hancock recorded the event as follows : -

About the end of November the writer was induced, at the particular request of some influential parties, to make arrangements for the conveyance of one of his carriages to Dublin, and in consequence discontinued running on the Paddington road. The a Era" was the carriage chosen for the trip, and pre-paratory thereto, its outward embellishments were altered, and its name changed in compliment to the country of its temporary destination, from " Era" to " Erin." It was shiped on board the " Thames" steam-vessel on the 30th of December, 1834, and arrived safely in Dublin on the 6th of January, 1835. On being landed, the writer commenced running it on the Howth-road, and through all the principal streets, and most frequented thoroughfares of the city of Dublin. As this was the first steam-carriage that ever plied upon any common road in Ireland., its appearance naturally attracted an immense concourse of spectators ; all of whom, as well as those who rode in the carriage, and the public prints of the City, bore ample and gratifying testimony to the efficiency of its performances. Stewart's Dispatch of the 19th of January gives the following account of its running

"HIBERNIAN STEAM-COACH COMPANY.

Since the experimental locomotive carriage, the "Erin" has commenced running through town, we have invariably had bad weather, with the exception of yesterday ; it does not, however, seem to have had the least effect on the carriage hail, rain, or snow, has not prevented the "Erin" steaming through every part of the City daily. The directors, very prudently, never gave any previous notice of their route, or the hour ; still the crowds were tremendous. The 'Erin' on Saturday, left the station-house at Clontarf with a large party of ladies and gentlemen, at one o'clock, going by Balllybough and Annesley bridges, through Abbey-street, Sackville-street, Westmorland-street, Grafton-street" Nassau-street, and Dawson-street, to Stephen's-green, round which it went three times, at the rate of eighteen miles an hour it then returned to the station-house in Great Brunswick-street, where having taken in a supply of water, it proceeded to Sackville-street at the time crowded with vehicles of every description"
[Ref: Narrative of twelve years' experiments, (1824-1836) demonstrative of the practicability and advantage of employing steam-carriages on common roads . p66]


[Note 099.5] Verse 8, "King Solomon said but that cannot be true / That under the heavens there is nothing new" is a reference to a stamen attributed by the Bible to King Solomon - Ecclesiastes 1:4-11, "there is nothing new under the sun"

 

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